Celebrations of Life
YOUNG, FLORENCE ELIZABETH (nee LEATHAM) The family of Florence Young is saddened to share the news of her peaceful passing, on August 20, 2019, at the age of 88. Flo was preceded in death by her loving husband and friend Douglas, in 2012. Flo was born in the city of Toronto, on March 10, 1931, but was very proud of her Irish heritage. She was a longtime employee of Bell Canada and retired after many years of service holding the position of supervisor. Flo loved music, gardening, golfing with friends and entertaining in her beautiful home and garden. Flo was a wonderful woman who was loved, is missed and will always be cherished by her family and friends. A small private service will be held in September to celebrate Flo’s life. In lieu of flowers, a donation to either the Canadian Cancer Society or Sunnybrook Hospital would be appreciated.
As noted, there will be a small private service held with family.
We are invited to keep Flo, her family and friends in our prayers.
(February 3, 1930 – August 10, 2019)
Peacefully, on Saturday, August 10, 2019, James Harvey Bride, passed away in his 90th year to join the celestial choir. Harvey served as a presbytery lay rep for his congregations for 40 years, the last being for Jubilee United Church with Toronto Southeast Presbytery, when he stepped down in 2016.
Harvey is held in loving memory by his wife of 62 years, Marianne; son, Peter and cherished granddaughter, Emily, of Don Mills; his daughter, Miriam, of Whistler/Pemberton, BC; his sister, Merle MacIntosh and family of Listowel, ON; by his sister-in-law Rosada and family of Winnipeg, MB; and by his brother-in-law and his wife, Edward and Joyce Doig, of Atlanta, GA. Harvey was predeceased by his brother, Lorne, of Winnipeg, MB.
Harvey was known for his kind and gentle nature, his infectious smile and generous spirit. During his 35 years of dedication to teaching French, Harv created many fond memories with his colleagues and high school students. His passion for friends, religious and secular choir music, gardening and family history, was appreciated by all who knew him. For 80 consecutive years, Harv was steadfastly committed to his local church choir. He also joined French choirs, teachers’ choirs, Toronto choirs and patriotic choirs.
A funeral and celebration of Harvey’s life will be held on Friday, August 30, at 10 a.m. at Jubilee United Church (MAP), 40 Underhill Drive, Toronto. It will begin with a 30 minute Hymn Sing (10 – 10:30 a.m.) Anyone who would like to join the choir for this service is welcome to come at 9:40 a.m. for some orientation, or just join the choir as the Hymn Sing proceeds – your voice will be welcome.
A second service will be held on Sunday, September 1, at 2 p.m., at Fordwich United Church (MAP), 3082 Patrick St., Fordwich, Ontario.
Please keep the Bride family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
GRIFFIN, Lorna Margaret (NONNIE), Canadian actress, playwright, author, passed away on Friday, June 7, 2019, at the age of 85.
Nonnie was a daughter, sister, aunt, mentor and friend to many and Grande Dame of the theatre community. Predeceased by her mother Catherine (Woywitka), father Gilbert, brother John and sisters Mary and Catherine, Nonnie will be fondly remembered by her siblings Bill (Anne), Sandy (Sussi), Tony (Jackie), Pat (Angela), Tita (Paul), and Huffy (Gillie) and her many nieces and nephews (Michele, John, Joe, Jacquie, Catherine, Colleen, Kathy, Jennifer, Brawnwin, Jennifer, Heather, Victor, Dominic and Amelia) and their families.
Nonnie was a force of nature who lived life on her own terms. She studied at the Toronto Conservatory and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England, and was highly regarded for her roles on stage, screen and radio across Canada and beyond, including CBC radio, Stratford, Toronto, Edinburgh and Broadway. Her talent was showcased in decades of productions such as Hello Dolly, Anne of Green Gables, Polka Dot Door, The Sea (Best Actress 1977-Toronto Star), Carebears, and Bizarre.
In her later years, she had a creative flowering, publishing her memoir Showbiz and Other Addictions, at age 69, and writing one-woman plays, Sister Annunciata’s Secret, which she took to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, at age 78, and Marilyn-After, which she performed at the United Solo Festival in New York, at age 81, where it won Best International Show. At the time of her death, she was preparing to perform in two other plays she wrote, The Piper’s Son and Before Scarlett. Nonnie was also proud to receive her 40-year medallion from A.A.
A Celebration of Nonnie’s life will be held at Heliconian Hall (35 Hazelton Avenue, Toronto) on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.. Please join us as we sing, perform and recite poetry, in Nonnie’s honour.
A Memorial service will also be held at Jubilee United Church (40 Underhill Drive, Toronto) on June 27, 2019. (Visitation starting at 10:30 a.m., Service at 12:00, Refreshments to follow).
We hold Nonnie’s dear friends and family in our prayers.
DENNIS, MARGARET A Celebration of Life for Margaret will take place on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Jubilee United Church at 6:30 p.m. with visitation at 6:00 p.m. Reception to follow.
NOVAK, HELEN MADELINE (nee Coombs) Our dear mother passed away peacefully on Thursday February 21,2019 in her 96th year. Predeceased by her husband Frank of 65 years and her 11 brothers and sister. Loving mother to Darlene Hindley (David) and Joan Cavanagh (Larry). Proud Nana to Erin (Chris), Michael(Stephanie), Ryan (Michelle) and Kristen (Court) and 10 great grandchildren. Her many hobbies included gardening, crocheting, cake decorating, dancing and baking and she loved to travel. Thanks to the wonderful staff at Hillsdale Estates and to her special caregiver Elizabeth. A service will be held on Monday March 4 at 11:30 at Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive with a reception to follow. Donations may be made to the Alzheimers Society, Durham Chapter.
We hold Helen’s family and friends in our hearts and prayers.
LEESON, IRENE EMILY December 29, 1921 – February 12, 2019 Unexpectedly passed away at home at age 97. Beloved wife of the late John F. Leeson. Loving Mom of Catherine. Predeceased by her siblings Jean Van Sickle and Robert Miller. Dear Aunt of Robert Van Sickle (Sharon), Heather St. Peter (Ron), Ken Miller (Joan), and Paul Miller (Donna) and their children and grandchildren. A former teacher, talented seamstress, voracious reader, creative craftsperson and an avid gardener. An active member of Victoria Village and recently Jubilee United Church and the U.C.W. Her beautiful floral arrangements graced the sanctuary of both churches. Funeral will be held at Jubilee United Church [40 Underhill Drive, North York] on Monday, February 18 at 2 pm. Visitation at 1pm and reception to follow after the service. Interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Jubilee United Church, Sunnybrook Hospital: Ophthalmology Department, or Toronto Humane Society.
We hold Cathy and all of Irene’s family and friends in our hearts and in our prayers.
BREMNER, JOYCE ENID (nee BROOKS) It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Joyce Enid on Friday, February 8, 2019 at North York General Hospital after a sudden, unexpected illness. Beloved wife to John for 68 years. Caring and loving mother to Karen and Lori and mother-in-law to Michael. She is also survived by her sister Barbara. She will be greatly missed by all. Private service will be held at a later date. For those who wish, donations can be made to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.
KLASSEN, AGNES April 25, 1919 – January 25, 2019 Peacefully, in Toronto, in her 100th year. Born in Blumstein, then Russia, of Mennonite heritage, Agnes immigrated with her family to Canada in 1925 and settled in Dundurn, Saskatchewan. She was grateful to the local Red Cross for facilitating free treatment of a childhood bout of polio which impacted her mobility but never slowed her down. Agnes eventually made her way to Toronto and worked for many years with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, retiring in 1984. Agnes will be remembered as an intrepid world traveler, diary-keeper, book lover, birder, faithful church-goer and loyal friend to many. She was loved and was a loving soul, devoted to her siblings who all predeceased her: Harry (Doreen), Dietrich, Erica and Margaret. Thanks to staff of the Revera Retirement Residence on The Donway East, to her medical team at Sunnybrook and especially to her personal caregiver Angelica. Agnes is survived by many cousins and by her nieces and nephews Edith Crawford, Regina Lingle, Hank Klassen, Ed Klassen, Robert Klassen, Bill Klassen, Sheila Boswell, Mary Margaret Kristensen, Joan Klassen, Jenny Cameron, Kathy Mowat and George Ross. At Agnes’ request, cremation has taken place. A Celebration of Life service will be held at her church Jubilee United, 40 Underhill Drive, Toronto, on Saturday, February 16th at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Red Cross or to Jubilee United Church.
As noted, there will be a funeral and celebration of Agnes’ life, at Jubilee
on Saturday, February 16th at 1pm
We hold Agnes’ family and many friends in our hearts and in our prayers.
SLEMON, MARGARET JEAN Born at home in Quebec City on March 28, 1925; died peacefully in Don Mills, ON, January 30, 2019. The youngest of four children of Rev. Alexander Dawson Matheson and Gertrude (McCuaig) Matheson, Margaret grew up in in the Chalmers-Wesley United Church Manse on Rue St Ursule in Quebec City – a childhood that precipitated her into a life of deep social connection, and to charity work. Like both her parents and all of her siblings, she attended Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where she studied English literature, and played Ophelia in the Drama Guild’s production of Hamlet. She worked summers as an IODE and YWCA camp counsellor, and after graduation, as a Bell Telephone service representative in Toronto. There, after a tennis-club dance, one guy walked her home and another uninvited, tagged along: that tag-along was her future husband, Gordon Richard Slemon. They married on July 9, 1949, honeymooned in Algonquin Park with a leaking parachute for a tent, and departed two months later for a four-year sojourn in post-war London. Gordon took his PhD in engineering at Imperial College; Margaret taught at the Cuckoo School for the children of destitute families; for holidays they travelled throughout the UK and across western Europe by train and bicycle. In due time, the family grew: Sally (1951) and Stephen (1952) in London; Mark (1955) in Halifax; Jane (1957) in Toronto, where Gordon had taken a faculty position at the University of Toronto. One of the first families to move into the new community of Don Mills, they were founding members of the new Bethesda United Church (later amalgamated into Jubilee United). Margaret was the driving force behind the establishment of a cottage – for many years without power, and without a road – at Twelve Mile Lake in the Haliburton Highlands. In 1963-64, Margaret and Gordon took their family to India for a year, to participate in the establishment of a new engineering college. On return to Canada, Margaret found meaningful work with the Distress Centre in central Toronto, both as an office worker and as a caring listener for people in emotional need. In her retirement years, she returned to university, to take a Masters in English Literature from York University, and thereafter remained an active participant in York’s Living and Learning in Retirement program. She was a gifted knitter, an active bird-watcher, an extraordinary letter writer, an avid downhill skier, and even into her 90s, an accomplished swimmer and sailor. She and Gordon travelled often, and globally. Throughout her 62 years of marriage, and for 7 years after Gordon’s death, she remained brilliantly connected to her family, her community, and her many, many friends. Margaret was predeceased by her brother John R. Matheson of Kingston ON, and her sister Catherine Carty, formerly of Montreal, QC. She will be deeply missed by her older sister Dorothy Parnell of London ON; by her sister-in-law Jean Slemon of Bowmanville, ON; by her children and their partners: Sally Thorne (Mary Adlersberg), Stephen Slemon (Jo-Ann Wallace), Mark Slemon (Jennifer Day Slemon), Jane Slemon (Bob Ennenberg); by her grandchildren and their partners Leah Carey (Ron Swartz), Allie Slemon (Andrea Eadie), Kathleen Slemon (Kyle Marsh), Geoffrey Slemon, Michael Slemon, Douglas Ennenberg, and Megan Ennenberg; by an enormous extended family of cousins, nieces and nephews, and by many lifelong friends. Margaret had a genius for empathy, and attachment. Margaret’s family wishes to thank those many friends and acquaintances, including those at the University of Toronto and Jubilee United Church. We also want to thank the excellent caregivers at the Revera Donway Place Retirement Home and Residence in Don Mills, Ontario. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 9th at 2PM at Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Dr, North York, ON M3A 2J5. In lieu of flowers, Margaret would have encouraged kindness to those in need through charitable acts of your own choosing.
As noted, there will be a funeral and celebration of Margaret’s life, at Jubilee on Saturday, February 9th at 2pm
We hold Margie’s family and many friends in our hearts and prayers.
HEARST, DORIS (nee Kindrachuk) April 26, 1924 – January 27, 2019 Doris passed away suddenly at home, as was her wish. Predeceased by her husband Bob in 2015, she will be lovingly remembered by her children, Debbie (Doug Herridge), Charlene, and Robert (Elizabeth Baranyi); her grandchildren, Jason (Rhona), Chantal, and Keith; her sole surviving sister, Olive Genereux; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Born a twin into a large Ukrainian family on a humble farm in Hafford, Saskatchewan, Doris was a woman of remarkable spirit and determination who came to Toronto on her own in her early teens. She was proud of her heritage and loved her family deeply. Doris was a long time employee at Shell Canada and found strength in her faith and church involvement at Victoria Village United, where she was a founding member and a UCW President, and at Jubilee United, where she served on many committees and regularly baked the bread used for communion. Doris loved to entertain and was most happy when preparing memorable meals or dozens of cookies to share or celebrate with family and friends. She will be dearly missed. The family will receive friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles – Newbigging Chapel, 1403 Bayview Avenue (south of Davisville Avenue) from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 5th. Service to be held in Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive on Wednesday, February 6th at 11:00 a.m. If desired, donations may be made in memory of Doris to Jubilee United Church (Toronto M3A 2J5) or a charity of your choice. Condolences, photographs and memories may be forwarded through www.humphreymiles.com.
As noted, there will be a funeral and celebration of Doris’ life, at Jubilee on Wednesday, February 6th at 11am.
We hold Debbie, Charlene, Robert and all of Doris’ friends and family in our hearts and prayers.
GILMOUR, JOHN TRAVERS ‘Jack’ Passed away after a brief illness on January 25, 2019 in his 84th year. Beloved friend and husband of Ruth (née Garrett). Loving dad to Richard (Kristen), Alison (Gary) and Doug (Erin). Adoring Poppa to Bryn, Kyla, Raegan, Lianne, Griffin, Mark, Travers and Garrett. He will be missed by his brother-in-law, Murray (Jane), and his nieces and nephews. Jack became a dentist in 1960 and after two years in public health, he started his own dental practice in Whitby, Ontario. For 37 years, he provided kind, patient- centered care to hundreds of families. In retirement, he and Ruth moved to Minden, Ontario where he enjoyed many hours with his grandchildren on Boshkung Lake. He had a phenomenal garden and enjoyed reading, playing bridge and debating politics. His family is heartbroken at their loss. A service will take place on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive, North York. Visitation prior to service at 1:00 p.m. with a reception immediately following the service. Donations to Canadian Cancer Society, Salvation Army Canada or the charity of your choice.
CRANSTON, JOHN “JACK” ROBERT August 26, 1923 – January 15, 2019 Friends may call at PINE HILLS CEMETERY & FUNERAL CENTRE, 625 Birchmount Rd., Scarborough (north of St. Clair Ave. E., 416-267-8229) for visitation on Monday January 21, 2019 from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday January 22nd, 2019 at 2pm with visitation 1 hour prior, Rev. Norm Seli presiding. If desired, donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Society or Heart and Stroke Foundation. https://mountpleasantgroup.permavita.com/site/JohnJackRobertCranston.html
We hold his beloved Helen and all of Jack’s family and friends in our hearts and prayers.